Jan. 3, 2009

Courtesy of Rutgers Athletics

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The No. 15/14 Rutgers women’s basketball team will entertain No. 8/12 Tennessee on Saturday, Jan. 3 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. The contest will be televised live on CBS with a projected 2:05 p.m. tip.
Junior Epiphanny Prince leads the team in points (17.9), assists (2.0) steals (2.5) and minutes (33.7).
Rutgers (8-2) boasts a six-game win streak after wrapping up just its third unbeaten December in program history. The Scarlet Knights have captured victories in 20 straight games at the RAC, tied for the sixth-longest streak in NCAA Division I women’s basketball.

RU was last in action on Dec. 29, posting a 57-47 win over George Washington. The Scarlet Knights used a balanced attack – six players registering five or more points – to defeat the Colonials, their third win over an Atlantic 10 opponent this season.

Junior Epiphanny Prince (Brooklyn, N.Y.) leads the team in points (17.9), assists (2.0) steals (2.5) and minutes (33.7). In addition, the guard paces the squad in field goals made, attempted and free throws made and attempted. Prince is averaging 21.7 points over the last three games while shooting at a 58.1 percent clip.

Classmate Brittany Ray (Bronx, N.Y.) is second in scoring (10.1) and assists (1.8). Senior Kia Vaughn (Bronx, N.Y.) has recorded a 70.8 percent shooting effort in the last three contests and is averaging 11.7 points over the same span. Vaughn is averaging a near double-double in three previous match-ups with Tennessee, 11.3 points and 9.7 rebounds.

Rutgers and Tennessee meet for the 18th time in series history. The Lady Vols hold a 14-3 lead in head-to-head meetings. Rutgers’ last win in the series was in 2004, a 65-51 victory at the RAC.  Tennessee has won the last four straight meetings.

The Lady Vols’ (10-2) last contest was on Dec. 30, a 77-58 road win at Gonzaga.

Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer and Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt are the two active winningest coaches in women’s basketball history. Stringer has compiled 812 wins in her 38 seasons while Summitt is on the cusp of 1,000 wins all-time with 993 going into the match-up with RU.